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The Rival Sirens: Performance and Identity on Handel's Operatic Stage Hardcover – Apr 18 2013

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  • Hardcover: 308 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (April 18 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1107033373
  • ISBN-13: 978-1107033375
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 1.9 x 24.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 721 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,377,379 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"... uses the largely fictitious rivalry between opera divas Francesca Cuzzoni (1696-1778) and Faustina Bordoni (1697-1781) as the departure point for investigating identity and concepts of self in 18th century theatre and opera seria ... Recommended. Graduate students, researchers, faculty."
S. C. Champagne, Choice

"Aspden brings new insights to the Cuzzoni/Bordoni operas and to opera seria of the early eighteenth century through her study of sources relating to spoken drama and acting."
Angela Escott, Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Theatre Research

"This account should appeal to those with an interest in the role of women in the operatic world of the 1720s. The author draws together threads from an impressive range of sources ... this is a good read for the sophisticated Handel opera enthusiast."
Ursula Brett, The Consort

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This new approach to the operas of Handel examines the vital and intertwined roles of singers, audiences and local cultural context in creating eighteenth-century opera. It emphasises cultural context and aspects of performance, offering a range of interpretative tools not previously exploited in studies of the century's opera before Mozart.

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